Nurses at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen Texas - page 2

Nurses at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen Texas voted July 11, 2012 to decertify and remove the NNOC union as their bargaining agent. This decertification was successful despite a neutrality... Read More

  1. by   herring_RN
    Victory for Texas Nurses: More Than 1,500 RNs Win First Contracts

    In a major win for nurses, patients and three Texas communities, registered nurses (RNs) in El Paso, Corpus Christi and Brownsville gave final approval to contracts yesterday in first-ever collective bargaining agreements, reports National Nurses United (NNU).

    The agreements improve working conditions for RNs, patient care standards and the quality of care at the four facilities. The contracts cover RNs at Corpus Christi Medical Center, two El Paso facilities (Las Palmas Medical Center and Del Sol Medical Center) and at the Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville. ...

  2. by   vlynnieg
    @laborer, I don't know where you get your MISinformation. I LEAD the opposition against the union, and my core team and I have all been there for YEARS and YEARS, and much of our support has come from our fellow nurses that also did not want the union or anything to do with them!

    As a matter of fact, the only time I've heard of nurses coming in to swing a vote at my hospital was when the union got several of their California puppet nurses to apply at our hospital and they stayed until the election was certified two years ago when they darkened our doorway to begin with.
  3. by   laborer
    By the way... sherwood cox is the webmaster of Stop Unions ...could that be you?oop:
    Last edit by laborer on Oct 17, '12 : Reason: not sure yet
  4. by   vlynnieg
    So, laborer, are you a union nurse, or do you work for the union in some other capacity?
    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 20, '12
  5. by   herring_RN
    Should this be in the Collective Bargaining / Nursing Union forum?
  6. by   vlynnieg
    Good question, herring_RN. I just simply happened across this as I was looking for a specific article that pertained to my fight against the union and HAD to speak up when I read laborer's comment. However, the more I think about it, activism is just as appropriate a place to post this, as nurses need to learn to protect themselves from the union bullying, because all too often, the employer cannot protect them from the unions.
    I was actually looking for an article I was interviewed for to see if the writer had mentioned the acts of criminal mischief that I had to file police reports about while I was campaigning against the union. The unions come in, with the corporations forced ino "neutrality" agreements, and the try to convince us how miserable we supposedly are and how we "need" them to speak up for us and it's like shooting ducks in a barrel because it's all set up to essentially give them a captive audience.
    If the union was all that great, they wouldn't have to resort to any of these tactics, their product would practically sell itself. Instead, they are an 80 million dollar corporation that pays their organizers 6 digit salaries and put them up at very expensive hotels for long stretches at a time and pay huge catering bills to entice people into their reaches. I get my information from their very own LM2's, posted on the US Dept of Labor website. ANYONE can go there and see for themselves.
  7. by   laborer
    Are you the real sherwood cox
    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 20, '12
  8. by   vlynnieg
    Are YOU a real laborer?
  9. by   vlynnieg
    I have to address mbarnbsn's assertions. We DO have the opportunity to voice out concerns, or "complain" as you say, as a matter of fact, even before the union attempted to insert themselves into our hospital, there are employee boards that meet regularly where issues can be looked at and best solutions can be come up with. In essence, we DO have imput. We also keep abreast of best practice and model our policies and procedures to include them and keep to safe staffing ratios. We didn't need a third-party to do this, we already had it. In addition, after seeing what out non-RN coworkers got as their contract with the SEIU, we wanted to see what had been negotiated for us thus far. We obtained a copy of the tentative agreement {all of the points of the contract that had been agreed upon thus far}. We saw immediately the discrepancies between what was promised and what was going to take effect. They were still ACTIVELY promising us "time and a half" for holidays, knowing full-well they had already signed off on the holiday pay that we had always had before. Let me translate that for you: they were lying to us with promises they knew were not going to be honored because it had already been signed off on! In addition to that, I had to file POLICE reports of acts of criminal mischief that were being done to my property, to include an attempt to let my rottie out of my gate and potentially get run over on the major road that adjoins my property mere yards from my gate. Why me? Oh, I forgot to mention: I'm the nurse that spearheaded the push to remove the parasitic union from my hospital. And I would gladly do it again, if necessary.